Christmastime was much different this year than in the past. For starters, we moved the Monday after Thanksgiving. Instead of putting up our decorations as usual, we were unpacking our kitchen, placing furniture in various spots (and then moving it countless times), and cleaning everything. We didn’t want the boys to miss the season, so even though most of our stuff was still in boxes, we still managed to put up the trees and all of our Christmas decorations within the first two weeks of moving in. I kept telling people that I had no idea where anything was, but we sure had some nice Christmas decor : )
Backtrack to the weekend of Thanksgiving and our move, which was also crazy. Back in June, way before we knew we were moving, I bought tickets for the Polar Express in Monticello, Illinois. These tickets sell out within 10 minutes so I was super pumped to get them. However, the lady moving into our old house had to be out on December 1st, which meant we would be in Illinois the weekend we would have liked to moved. Oh and did I mention that St. Louis decided to debut a Polar Express this year. I guess the joke was on me for planning ahead.
So, we tried to plan ahead for the move…. We were entirely packed the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and stayed at my parents house for the weekend. We traveled to Springfield and dropped Armie off at Grandma and Grandpa’s before heading to Monticello. Luca had a blast at the Polar Express, but got really sad the closer we got to the North Pole. He literally started bawling because his brother was back in Springfield and he was all the way at the North Pole. He just wanted to be closer to Armie. It was seriously the cutest…..thing…..ever. He literally thought he was in the North Pole (even though the train wasn’t too convincing) and wanted his brother with him. Once Santa came by, Luca’s tears stopped and all was well again. Next year, we will take Armie. Although it was pretty special to go with just Luca and let Armie have some one on one time with his grandparents.
And then we traveled back to St. Louis on Sunday and learned 12 hours before closing that a random plumbing issue that I had checked on weeks before was a bigger issue than we knew (long story….seriously wasn’t our fault). We had to have a plumber come out from 5 to 9PM that night so we could close at 8AM the next morning. We aren’t just talking about a little work….he had to take out a major portion of a pipe that was behind our kitchen sink (and remove the back of the cabinet and put a new one on). Seriously….crazy!
So… we finally got back to my parents to sleep and woke up the next morning at 6AM to a text saying Luca’s school was on a snow schedule. I looked out the window and saw not snow, but ice. Ugh! Really!?! We left the house at 7AM and showed up 15 minutes late for our 8AM closing, even though it should have only taken 20 minutes to get there.
And we closed on the house (yay! At least there was no drama there). We finished moving out of our old house and drove over to the new house. We were told we could move in at noon. However, we were not so fortunate as the couple moving out was not as quick to get out of the house as they would have liked. At first we literally put all of our boxes on the front porch. And after an hour or so, they let us start putting things into the two front rooms. It wasn’t an ideal situation as it cost us extra money in movers, left our stuff loaded into just two rooms of the house, meant the rest of the house was not as clean as I would have liked before moving everything in, and perhaps the worst was seeing the previous owner smoke like a chimney in my new house. Really!?!. But…. you take what you can get and thankfully our family and friends were so helpful and perhaps years from now we can laugh at the chaos. Two months out and I’m not quite there just yet : )
Here are a few pictures from the Polar Express and visiting Santa.
Our golden tickets. Amazingly, Luca actually wore PJ’s on the train.Santa!
Our tree this year. Tyler probably won’t like that I posted this picture of just him, but I love it. I think it’s a picture we will look back on 20 years from now and smile at the old Jeep, how young he looks, and how we had just moved into our new home.
Luca helped decorate both trees. This was the fake one where we put most of his ornaments.
Visiting Santa. Both boys were so eager to see him.
But….Armie wasn’t so sure once he got there. Luca had to bring up daddy’s phone because he wanted Santa to SEE all the lego’s he wanted.
Armie was all smiles a few minutes later.